Holly

Version: Unabridged
Author: Jude Deveraux
Narrator: Jennifer Wiltsie
Genres: Romance, Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published In: November 2003
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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Overview

Jude Deveraux, the dazzling New York Times bestselling author of Wild Orchids delivers a passionate yuletide tale sure to become a classic for every holiday season.

Hollander "Holly" Latham can't believe her good fortune. After endless calls, letters, emails, and promises, she's finally persuaded her parents to buy Spring Hill Plantation just outside beautiful, historic Edenton in eastern North Carolina -- and strategically located near Belle Chere, the purest, most untouched plantation site in America.

At the tender age of thirteen, Holly fell in love with Lorrie Beaumont, who inherited the Revolutionary-period estate when his heiress mother died during childbirth. Though more than a decade has passed since Holly last locked eyes with her childhood love, the passion she felt in her young heart has never come close to extinguishing -- that is, until charming, ruggedly handsome Nick Taggert unexpectedly waltzes into her life and treats her to an unforgettable weekend of laughter and intense passion.

Will Holly be seduced by Lorrie's wealth and privilege, or will she choose the simple gift of love that Nick has offered her? The answer is unveiled on a starry Christmas night, when passion, hate, and greed collide to reveal bitter truths that will forever change the course of Holly's charmed life.

Reviews (17)

Written by Danielle Cadeau on June 26th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Book was good, it kept me into it. Never really hit a boring spot which is huge for me. I'd read it again.

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Written by Anonymous from San Ramon, CA on April 25th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I thought this was a terrible book. I don't think I'll be bothering to finish it.

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Written by Sherry Perkins on September 27th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I enjoyed this book, it was easy to listen to. I like the little twist I was not expecting.

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Written by MarissaB on July 13th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I’ve read several Jude Deveraux books which I liked (A Knight in Shining Armor, the Velvet series, etc.) and was horribly disappointed in this one. Romance is not just about sex, and when the protagonists had sex before even knowing each other’s names . . . well, I packed this book up and sent it back. It was just not worth my time.

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Written by Marlene Alhandy on April 20th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This was like hearing a girls night out, too much to drink, fantasy. It was unrealistic and filled with gratuitous sex. Let me paint the picture for you...girl falls into a pit, girl takes off her clothes to increase her chances of an escape from the pit, girl is found by boy, moments later girl and boy have sex in a car, boy and girl then introduce themselves.

Great book!

Written by Michelle on February 6th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Its a great book for the commute! The characters are great, but the story (as in most romances) are predictable. The sex scenes are a bit steamy, and the characters tension is so typical of a romance novel, but as I said.. its great to escape! I accidentally rented it twice, and loved listening to it the 2nd time around.

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Written by Anonymous on November 22nd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was another one of Jude Deveraux's great ones! She is an excellent author and comes up with the best stories. A little too much "dirty sex", but the story was absolutely beautiful! I can't wait for her next novel to come out!

Holly Wood

Written by Lee Werley from Chapel Hill, NC on October 3rd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Easy listening, romantic, suspenseful, well read, and the main characters are, well, cast by Hollywood. My first book by this writer. Will look for others.

A great story

Written by Anonymous on August 7th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved this book, I have already recommended it to several friends. It is a little on the erotic side, which I am not used to but it also has a great soap opera type story line that keeps you interested and a catchy murder mystery plot line as well. It's not too long either. The reader did a good job, very easy to listen to.

Wonderful & Romantic

Written by Caroline on April 18th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was a great book. Anyone looking for a light-hearted romantic listen is in for a treat. You will love the characters and love to hate the villians.

Author Details

Author Details

Deveraux, Jude

"Deveraux won readers' hearts with the epic Velvet series, which revolves around the lives of the Montgomery family's irresistible men. Deveraux's early books are set largely in 15th- and 16th-century England, in which her fierce, impassioned protagonists find themselves in the midst of blood feuds and wars. Her heroines are equally scrappy -- medieval Scarlett O'Haras who often have a low regard for the men who eventually win them over. They're fighters, certainly, but they're also beauties who are preoccupied with survival and family preservation.

Deveraux has also stepped outside her milieu, with mixed results. Her James River trilogy (River Lady, Lost Lady, and Counterfeit Lady) is set mostly in post-Revolution America; the popular, softer-edged Twin of Fire/Twin of Ice moves to 19th-century Colorado and introduces another hunky-man clan, the Taggerts. Deveraux manages to evoke a strong and convincing atmosphere for each of her books, but her dialogue and characters are as familiar as a modern-day soap opera's.

""Historicals seem to be all I'm capable of,"" Deveraux once said in an interview, referring to a now out-of-print attempt at contemporary fiction, 1982's Casa Grande. ""I don't want to write family sagas or occult books, and I have no intention of again trying to ruin the contemporary market."" Still, Deveraux did later attempt modern-day romances, such as the lighthearted High Tide (her first murder caper), the contemporary female friendship story The Summerhouse, and the time-traveling Knight in Shining Armor. In fact, with 2002's The Mulberry Tree, Deveraux seems to be getting more comfortable setting stories in the present, which is a good thing, since the fans she won with her historical books are eager to follow her into the future. "